Can Sparkling Water Help with Your Digestion?

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Written by Abigail Jolly
October 30, 2023 | Reading time 5 minutes

Looking at everything that has come out about sparkling water, we haven't seen a lot on how it can affect your gut health. You may be wondering, “Does sparkling water help with digestion?” We happen to be bubble experts here at Soda Sense. In this article, we will be tackling everything you need to know about sparkling water and gut health, from health benefits to potential risks.

Does Sparkling Water Help with Digestion?

does sparkling water help with digestion

Scientific studies have shown that sparkling water is indeed beneficial for digestion. Drinking sparkling water can improve satiety signals (the feeling of fullness) which can be beneficial for people who feel constantly hungry.

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In addition, drinking sparkling water improves overall digestion and may help alleviate constipation. There are actually quite a few health benefits to drinking sparkling water.

What Are The Benefits of Drinking Sparkling Water?

There are many benefits to drinking sparkling water, from staying more hydrated throughout your day, it's a healthier alternative so sugary drinks, can help aid in weight loss; but the one we are going to touch on today is that sparkling water can help with any digestion issues you might be having!

No one like the feeling of being gassy, bloated, or just having an upset stomach and you don't know why. Come to find out, sparkling water can help! Some research has shown that drinking a glass of that sparkling goodness can help reduce any of the discomforts you are feeling by helping to release all of that gas that has built up.

A lot of your discomfort can come from stomach acid, which in return can cause a lot of indigestion resulting in being uncomfortable, like someone is stabbing you in the stomach, bloating, and even some constipation. If you feel like this is you, and you have been searching for some answers on how to help yourself, we hope that this will help you bring some calmness to your stomach. 

A glass of sparkling water is a treatment option that can help you, and it tastes good!

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Does Carbonated Water Help With Gas?

Absolutely, it does! Carbonated water is like that one friend who always has your back, especially when gas strikes. The carbonation in sparkling water encourages you to burp, providing a sense of relief from the bloating and pressure caused by gas buildup. It's like a mini fire extinguisher for your belly fires. But, don't go chugging a gallon just yet! Moderation is key here, as too much of anything, even our bubbly friend, could turn the tables. So, if you're feeling like a hot air balloon, a glass of sparkling water might just be the pin you need. Remember, every stomach is unique and what might be a soother for one could be a stirrer for another. It's always best to know your body and listen to its cues.

Does Sparkling Water Help With Bloating?

Yes, it certainly does! But, it's not just about saying goodbye to your temporary food baby. Sparkling water encourages your body to purge itself of gas more frequently, reducing the chances of bloating.

There Are So Many Carbonated Waters, Does it Matter What I Drink?

Though there are many options out there, as long as you've got some bubbly in your glass and it works for YOU...you can drink any of them. Everyone has a different reaction to everything, so making sure you make the best decision based on what your body needs.

Seltzer

Seltzer is water that has been carbonated with food grade CO2. This carbonated beverage typically doesn't have added minerals in them and has a plainer taste. Though don't let that fool you, it is very versatile in what you can add into it and is a great alternative in drinks if you want to start cutting soda out of your diet.

Club Soda

Club soda is water that’s also carbonated with CO2, but after that it is then infused with added minerals.

Most commonly added:

  • potassium sulfate
  • sodium chloride
  • disodium phosphate
  • sodium bicarbonate

The amounts of minerals that can be added does depend on the manufacturer, so if you are curious you can just look at what has been added. After the minerals are added, there can be a little salty taste, but again that depends on the manufacturer.

Sparkling Mineral Water

Sparkling mineral water is actually naturally carbonated. Its bubbles come from a spring or well with naturally occurring carbonation, we know, how crazy is that to think about!?

It contains many minerals, such as:

  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that mineral water must contain at least 250 parts per million (ppm) of dissolved solids — which include minerals and trace elements — from their bottling source. Because all mineral waters can be bottled from different sources, the mineral content of water may change the taste significantly.

Tonic Water

Tonic water has the most unique taste of all four beverages. Like its sister beverage club soda, it is carbonated water and then takes on added minerals. You're probably thinking, "well why does tonic water taste bitter to me?". That's because it contains quinine, which comes from the bark of cinchona trees.

How Can I Make Carbonated Water Not Taste Plain?

We know, you're probably thinking that sparkling water is boring and you don't want to drink that because why drink something that you don't enjoy? The beauty of this plain sparkling drink is that you can add whatever you like to enhance your flavor!

Foods You Can Add:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Berries (fresh or frozen)
  • Cucumbers
  • Mint

Other Enhancers:

  • Essential Oils
  • Electrolyte Tablets
  • Any Liquid Water Enhancers

Ready to Sparkle Your Gut?

In a nutshell, sparkling water is much more than a fancy alternative to regular water; it's practically a superhero in a bottle. From aiding in digestion to helping with gas and bloating, this fizzy delight can bring you much-needed relief. Whether you prefer seltzer, club soda, sparkling mineral water, or tonic water, remember that each has its unique mineral composition and taste. Don't be afraid to experiment and add your favorite flavor enhancers like fruits or essential oils. So, the next time your tummy grumbles, reach out for that sparkly savior. Let's raise a glass to sparkling water, the unsung hero of digestive ease! Don't forget to join the Soda Sense Refill Club to fill all your Soda Maker CO2 needs.

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